Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Be fire safe in Happy Land
ELC HappyLand Village Fire Station
Member Name: tobymummy
ELC HappyLand Village Fire Station
Advantages: Strong, durable, endless hours of fun,
Disadvantages: cost (unless you can get a discount)
Early Learning Centre is a great toyshop, where you can buy a vast selection of toys for your children, from birth right up to.... well any age, we never stop being children really. The Happy Land collections are no exception, they have been around for several years, and been popular with any of the children I have looked after.
When I had my own child, I knew that he would have some of the Happy Land sets to play with. Much to my surprise, in December 2006, my mother in law told me she had bought Toby the Fire Station set, without even asking what he would like.
At the time, Toby wasn't even a year old, but as my husband is a Fire-Fighter, she wanted her grandson to have his own Fire Station, and this was the best one she had found.
What do you get?
For your £25.00 you get the main Fire Station building, a fire engine (with movable bucket at back which lifts up.) a fire chiefs car, five fire figures (in full uniform) 2 road signs and a station cat.
On the roof of the station there are 5 buttons which make different sounds when pressed, which include, engines starting, water running and sirens too. These are not that brilliant, but small children think it's exciting, the buttons are easy to press and children seem to know how great it is for them (and annoying for us) when they have learnt how they can make a noise and keep doing it, which is when you wish for the batteries to run down, (or magically disappear!!!!)
If you wish to replace the batteries you will need 2 AA, these can be easily replaced in a screwed down compartment inside the main station.
As you can see from the picture above, you will see double doors on the front of the station, which is a big enough space for the engine to go through and park inside, there is also a small door for the characters to use.
The little characters are approximately 3 inches high, and are made from some form of plastic, they are hollow inside, therefore a great size and lightweight, for any little one to hold and play with.
The engine and car, are made of plastic, but feel very strong and durable. The wheels move round freely. Each vehicle has spaces in the top for the characters to sit in; you can swap and change them around as often as you wish. The station is also plastic, and although the doors can be removed and replaced easily, it still looks brand new. (This is after almost a year of playing with, and being thrown and dropped a few times.)
I was so thrilled when I found out Toby was going to get this for Christmas, as it was something I thought about buying for him. I was surprised by the cost, at £25.00 it does seem rather steep, but then I didn't pay for it!!! If you were to sign up for the Big Birthday Club you can occasionally save up to 20% off some of your purchases, alternatively, you could buy second hand from Ebay.
Toby was only 8 months when he received the fire station, and although a bit young, he was on the move already, we took away the people, signs and cat, leaving him with the cars and station and he was more than happy to play with these. The recommended age is from 18 months, but he would only have it under my supervision, and there were no other small bits that he could play with.
The original batteries are still in place, with no sign of needing new ones just yet. When he was about 18months we bought out the other parts and Toby loves playing with the little characters, putting them in and out of the fire engine, and whizzing the car across the lounge floor. Now he is bigger he loves to visit the real engines too (not a problem in our case, we are welcome there any time!) we always have to climb on and pretend we're driving!
This toy is not only for the little ones to play with: any age child or adult can join in the fun. In doing so, you can teach the child how to play, learn how to share, build up their imagination and develop their fine motor skills. It also teaches them about the world around them. A must for any child's play room!
If you are looking at any of the Happy Land sets from Early Learning Centre, then I would highly recommend them. When I knew he was getting the Fire Station last Christmas, I then gave suggestion to other family and friends, that he may like other sets too. If you wish to find out about these you can read the reviews which I will be posting in due course. You can also look at www.elc.co.uk but you need to be aware that some sets are only around for a short time.
I hope you enjoyed my review, please come back soon to read about another part of Happy Land
Summary: A great Fire station for any child's playroom